New Degree Programs

UT Dallas is continuously improving and expanding upon the already wide array of academic programs available to students. Tuition proceeds allow us to offer new disciplines as well as extend educational opportunities in existing ones. Below are some of the degree programs that have been introduced to the UT Dallas curriculum in recent years. These additions underscore the University’s focus on equipping students to be competitive after graduation and its goal to be among the best research institutions in the nation.


School of Arts and Humanities

Students seeking the new MA in Latin American Studies can choose between a research or a professional option.

MA in Latin American Studies: This degree builds on the expertise of current faculty in the fields of Latin American culture, history, literature, politics and economics, allowing students to approach the study of Latin America from a multidisciplinary perspective.


School of Arts, Technology, and Emerging Communication

Additions include a new media and communication program, as well as the first engineering PhD in arts and technology in Texas.

PhD in Arts and Technology: The PhD degree is the first of its kind in Texas. Arts and Technology (ATEC) is a partnership between the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science and the School of Arts, Technology and Emerging Communication. ATEC encompasses and integrates coherent curriculum areas such as computer visualization and animation, interaction design, digital sound design, computer simulation and serious game design, and online worlds.

BA and MS in Emerging Media and Communication: The emerging media and communication (EMAC) bachelor’s and master’s degrees focus on creating transmedia literate professionals. The rapid expansion of Internet access — whether through smartphones or tablets — allows for immediate updates of news, ideas, opinions and business information. Students learn how to create compelling Web content, use social media intelligently, work with the latest mobile phone technologies and create a substantial presence on the Web.


School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences

A master’s in psychological sciences has students working with research mentors throughout training.

MS in Psychological Sciences: This master’s degree is designed for full-time student scholars who wish to expand their knowledge of psychology by engaging in advanced coursework, additional research training and applied experience in psychological sciences. The program also offers students the opportunity to gain additional psychology training in preparation for applying to nationally prominent doctoral programs in clinical and experimental psychology. This research-focused program requires students to work with a research mentor from the beginning and be actively involved in at least one research laboratory throughout training.


Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science

Mechanical and biomedical engineering programs have blossomed. Advanced materials science degrees also have been added to this school’s programs.

BS, MS and PhD in Mechanical Engineering: The bachelor’smaster’s and PhD degree programs in mechanical engineering train students to be the engineering world’s jacks-of-all-trades because they learn to design and build a wide array of commercial and industrial products and systems.

BS in Biomedical Engineering: Biomedical engineering involves the application of engineering principles and methods to define and solve problems in medicine and biology. Students choose biomedical engineering to be of service to people, for the challenge of working with living systems and to apply advanced technology to health care delivery problems.

MS and PhD in Biomedical Engineering: The MS and PhD degrees in biomedical engineering are offered in conjunction with UT Southwestern Medical Center and UT Arlington. Emphasizing an interdisciplinary approach, the curriculum includes a rich selection of courses from electrical engineering, computer science, materials science and the life sciences. Graduates can go on to pursue careers at medical facilities, universities and biotechnology companies.

MS in Systems Engineering and Management: The SEM interdisciplinary program is intended for professionals who design, develop, engineer, manufacture, manage, plan or perform research regarding large and complex systems. The typical SEM student is a high performer with at least five years of industry experience. Classes provide a blend of expertise from faculty in engineering, computer science and management. This joint program with the Jindal School also includes a certificate in systems engineering and a certificate in systems management.

BS in Computer Engineering: The computer engineering curriculum is centered on system-level design, computer architecture and computer applications. This includes circuits and devices, computer systems and engineering software systems. Computer engineering at UT Dallas is a broad-based engineering discipline dealing with the sensing, processing and transmission of information by making extensive use of electrical engineering and computer science principles. The CE program also encourages students and faculty to develop synergies with disciplines outside of engineering such as the life sciences.

MS in Materials Science and Engineering: This master’s degree provides intensive preparation for the professional practice in modern materials science for engineers and scientists who wish to continue their educations.

PhD in Materials Science and Engineering: This PhD program prepares individuals to perform original, cutting-edge research in materials science, particularly in the areas of nanostructured materials, electronics, optical and magnetic materials, biomimetic materials, polymeric materials, microelectromechanical materials and systems, organic electronics and advanced processing of modern materials.


School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences

Among the many new additions to this school are degree programs focusing on the international political economy and graduate programs in criminology.

BA and BS in International Political Economy: The undergraduate degrees in international political economy prepare students to manage today’s increasingly complex international environment. Students study material from multiple disciplines, including government, economics, geography, literature and foreign language. International political economy students at UT Dallas have two undergraduate degree options. The BA student will take more literature and history courses to prepare for a career with diplomatic, governmental or nongovernmental organizations. Those seeking a BS degree will take more economics courses to prepare for employment in areas related to international business or government.

MS in International Political Economy: The international political economy master’s program offers an education focused on helping students succeed in the dynamic, global workforce. In addition to developing strong analytical and evaluation skills, graduates gain knowledge of different geographic regions and better understand issues of development, security and international policy. Students will be prepared for analytical and administrative positions in public, nonprofit and private sectors.

MS in Criminology: The master’s in criminology has a three-pronged objective. First, the program delivers a high-quality education on the etiology, control and variation of law breaking across space and time. It also serves local, regional and national communities through professional development programs, public policy analysis and evaluation research, and program and policy design. The third goal is to advance the understanding of criminology through a multidisciplinary mix of theoretical and applied research. Graduates of this program will be competent to teach in community colleges or to take up analytical, managerial or research positions in various sectors of the criminal justice system.

PhD in Criminology: The doctoral program in criminology is an interdisciplinary, research-oriented degree offered in conjunction with other graduate programs in the school. The coursework emphasizes theories of criminal behavior, research methodologies in criminology and society’s response to crime. The objective of the program is to provide students with a coherent and intellectually challenging research degree that prepares them for an academic appointment or an administrative one with oversight of research and development within a criminal justice organization.

MA in Political Science: This master’s program can satisfy the interests and talents of students who “fast track” as undergraduates and want an additional year of more rigorous, focused graduate coursework in political science. More specifically, the degree offers advanced instruction in social science literature and theories about politics, citizenship and governance.

Master of Public Policy: The master of public policy degree program offers students an interdisciplinary graduate education designed to develop skills for careers in which a solid understanding of the public policy process and the analysis and evaluation of public policies are essential. Students will be prepared for analytical and administrative positions in a wide array of professional settings in the public, nonprofit and private sectors, and careers in research. Graduates will gain knowledge of the policy process and related ethical concerns, rigorous research skills that provide them with an essential grounding in statistical and data analysis and research design, and effective communication skills.

MA in Constitutional Law Studies: The mission of the master’s in constitutional law studies is to equip students with the reasoning and analytical abilities necessary to understand the technical rules of law, legal practices and policies, and law more generally as a social phenomenon. It serves the interests and needs of students who want an intellectually rigorous legal education as preparation for law school, for more advanced graduate learning or for law-related careers in teaching, journalism, government, policy-making or the private sector.

MA in Legislative Studies: Students interested in positions as legislative staff, political consultants or other careers in professional politics will find this degree of interest. They will receive instruction that moves beyond the standard coursework in American and Texas government and politics by advancing their knowledge of legislative processes and the role that legislatures play at the local, state and national levels of government. Graduates will have the communication, research and project management skills that are necessary for undertaking policy or political analysis in legislative and public affairs offices in the state of Texas and elsewhere.

MS in Justice Administration and Leadership: The master’s in justice administration and leadership provides students with a coherent and intellectually challenging degree preparing a new generation of leaders to administer criminal justice and manage social service organizations. The program delivers an innovative and integrated curriculum that connects such key components of leadership as organizational behavior, organizational change, policy analysis, research design and program evaluation, and conflict resolution to prepare students for leadership positions.

BS in Geospatial Information Sciences: The BS degree in geospatial information sciences (GIS) focuses on harnessing groundbreaking technologies to analyze features of the Earth’s surface in new and novel ways that make location and interaction key to our understanding. GIS graduates will master technologies that not only guide us to our destinations but also help us manage our environments.


School of Interdisciplinary Studies

A growing number of pre-medical students on campus have inspired a new major that can be custom designed to student interests.

BS in Healthcare Studies: The bachelor’s degree in healthcare studies lays an academic foundation for pre-health students to prepare for advanced study. Science courses include biology, chemistry and physics. Healthcare studies cover pre-health professional development, medical terminology, psychological aspects of health and illness, the U.S. healthcare system and patient education. A healthcare internship is included. This degree is ideal for undergraduates pursuing careers in medicine or other healthcare professions.


Naveen Jindal School of Management

Several new master’s degrees — from marketing to finance to supply chain management — are among the highlights.

BS in Global Business: This curriculum caters to students who want to focus on the global dimensions of business. The program provides students with the knowledge and skills required for succeeding as a global manager while developing an understanding of the cultural, political and regulatory environments that shape international business and trade.

BS in Information Technology and Systems: This degree track trains future information technology leaders for challenging and rewarding careers as enterprise systems professionals, information security analysts, healthcare technology professionals and IT consultants. The program focuses on how information technology supports, improves and restructures business processes.

BS in Marketing: The BS in marketing provides students with practical and theoretical training so they can make strategic, effective and ethical decisions in their careers. The program is designed to prepare students for jobs in advertising and promotions, market research and analytics, product and brand management, and sales and business development. One distinguishing feature of UT Dallas’ marketing degree is the significance it places on the quantitative aspects of marketing.

MS in Supply Chain Management: In this master’s degree, students explore the key issues associated with the design and management of industrial supply chains, including methods for improving supply chain operations by lowering costs, speeding delivery, improving quality and expanding variety. The ultimate objective is to use supply chain management to mold traditional business operations into competitive tools for today’s global economy. Students acquire not only fundamental knowledge of business management but also analytical decision-making skills, especially for complex systems, along with real-life experiences gained through projects with area companies.

MS in Finance: The master’s in finance provides students with the quantitative, analytical and problem-solving skills in high demand across corporate, government and nonprofit sectors. Students are exposed to the international dimensions of business activities and to social and political factors that impact business behavior.

MS in Marketing: The master’s in marketing is designed to meet the needs of professionals in today’s marketplace, preparing those seeking higher-level positions in marketing or further advancement of their marketing knowledge. UT Dallas’ Marketing Industry Advisory Board has assisted with the program’s design and continually monitors the coursework to ensure the curriculum is both relevant to commercial enterprises and generates future industry leaders with successful career paths. The marketing program emphasizes proficiencies in statistics, databases, market research and consumer behavior.

MS in Innovation and Entrepreneurship: This degree program prepares students for successful business careers in entrepreneurial new ventures, entrepreneurial finance or in innovation-related roles in mature organizations. Responding to a business climate increasingly driven by innovation, the Naveen Jindal School of Management designed this new program both for individuals piloting startups and those leading pioneering ventures within established organizations.


School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

New degree programs in mathematics and actuarial science prepare students for highly ranked careers.

BA in Mathematics: Mathematics is essential for formulating and expressing ideas in science and engineering. As society becomes more sophisticated and technical, mathematics plays an increasingly important role in other areas, such as business and the social sciences. The BA in mathematics provides students with the skills to use mathematics as background for study in fields such as arts and technology, education, engineering and science. A BS in mathematics is also available.

BS in Actuarial Science: UT Dallas offers a rigorous program that prepares students for jobs analyzing data to estimate the probability and likely cost of events such as death, sickness, injury, disability and loss of property. Students graduate ready to take actuarial exams and accept opportunities for summer internships at leading insurance and consulting companies.